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Nokia Lumia 820 – A Buyers Guide and Review

Nokia Lumia 820 buyers guide

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Nokia is back with a bang with the latest Nokia Lumia 820. The Finnish company seems to be moving in right direction with two major changes –Switching OS from Symbian to Windows Phone 8, stronger hardware and more stylish than many of its rival. According to popular Mac|Life Magazine, Nokia Lumia 920 is a better alternative to iPhone 5 and better than most of the Android phones in the market. This statement itself justify that the Finnish company is moving in the right direction.

Nokia Lumia 820 looks even better and more manageable than the flagship Lumia 920. The smartphone looks superb with curved edges with black buttons standing out. Build quality is good. The rear cover is removable and swappable with the color of your choice. The cover designed fits snuggly with the body improving its durability and overall solidity. The rear end is removable giving access to 1650mAh battery which is removable.

Lumia 820 weighs 160g measuring 123.8 x 68.5 x 9 mm. But the phone is comfortable in hand and more versatile. The screen is 4.3 inch AMOLED display providing a resolution 480×800. The contrast level is high almost to the point of oversaturation, and color accuracy is commendable throughout. The screen is scratch resistant but not the gorilla glass (Lumia 920 got one) which is the one used in most of the smartphones now. Even after using it for some time, it seems the screen is tough enough not to get scratched so easily.

nokia lumia 820 coloursThe lack of retina display is one of the negative points for this model. But the display quality is not bad, even though the images and text lack the clarity offered by some of the smartphones with retina display. Unless you look closely enough, you hardly notice the difference. The screen is equipped with ClearBlack anti-reflective technology which reduce glare tremendously providing a great outdoor viewing experience. Despite what feature and technology it has or not, the overall display quality is very good and should not be a factor to back off from buying this model.

Nokia Lumia 820 is a powerful smartphone with a dual core Qualcomm S4 1.5GHz processor, Adreno 225 GPU and 1GB RAM. It has an inbuilt 8GB on-board storage and can be expandable up to 64GB using MicroSD expansion card. (Note: Lumia 920 does not support expandable memory and comes with a factory settings of 32GB) The phone is operated by the latest Windows Phone 8 operating system. Just like Nokia Lumia 920, SunSpider JavaScript benchmark test was done on this model. It scored an impressive 906ms, compared to 920ms by Lumia 920 and 932ms by iPhone 5.

Lumia 820 is equipped with Bluetooth 3.0, NFC, supports WiFi standards a/b/g/n and supports up to 100Mb/s with LTE.

The model comes with 8MP camera with a focal length of 26.0 mm and F2.2 aperture and a front facing camera with a standard VGA unit. The camera may not be the best especially compared to the ones in Lumia 920. But Nokia have done a lot of tweaking to make the picture quality the best. The camera did an awesome job in taking pictures both indoor and outdoor. The camera produced natural looking images with good quality even under low light conditions. The front facing camera is of low resolution, but served well for the purpose of doing video calls. The video recording quality is of good quality up to 1080p resolution, but not as impressive as Lumia 920 which is equipped with image stabilization technology for capturing better quality video.

charging nokia lumia 820The model comes with a 1,650mAh battery. Just like most Windows 8 phone, the battery can easily last for a day with recharging. With the Bluetooth and NFC enabled, expect the battery life a little more less than usual. Make sure you carry an extra battery as standby, if battery life is important to you and don’t want to get caught off guard without battery. The phone supports Qi Wireless Charging standard which will allow you to charge your phone using charging pads without worrying about cables.

One of the major plus points of using a Nokia mobile is its value added apps which are commendable for its usefulness and highest quality. Lumia 820 device comes with Nokia Care, Nokia Music, Nokia Maps, Nokia Drive and Nokia City Lens. Anybody who used Nokia Apps before will never consider it as junk ware as they all are really value adds to your phone.

Additionally, you can head to Nokia collection in Windows Phone Store. Nokia give free access to free games, apps and more Nokia utilities. One of the major drawbacks people talk about Windows 8 Phone is the lack of apps. More and more programmers are now interested and getting involved with creating new apps for Windows Phone 8. Already Windows 8 app market has grown tremendously. So lack of apps should not be much of a concern.

Nokia Lumia 920 Specifications

  • Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage
  • 4.3″, 480×800 AMOLED display
  • 802.11n wi-fi
  • 8mp, 1080p camera
  • 1,650mAh battery
  • Windows Phone 8
  • One-year RTB warranty
  • 124 x 68 x 9.9mm (WDH)
  • 160g

Verdict: Nokia Lumia 820 is one of the best Windows 8 smartphones in the mid range smartphone market. The phone is lighter, slimmer, powerful and its overall killer looks make it well worth going for.

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